- September 28, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
The fire scene at CJN Miniatures in April 2018, courtesy South County Fire.
An Edmonds business owner pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday to wire fraud related to the April 30, 2018, fire at her business, CJN Miniatures & More, located in the 23000 block of Highway 99 in Edmonds.
In the plea agreement, Connie L. Bigelow, 53, admitted she set fire to her business — a dollhouse, miniatures, collectibles and antiques shop — to collect insurance money as the store was struggling to make enough money to pay the rent. Bigelow moved her business, CJN Miniatures LLC, into the building at 23030 Highway 99, in Edmonds in September 2017. The store maintained an inventory of miniatures and collectables for sale, consigned items on behalf of other individuals, and rented out space to other vendors. Between October 2017 and April 2018, the business fell behind in rental payments and payments to consigners.
Bigelow carried an insurance policy with…